Overview There are a number of external organisations that have a role in providing support and progression to performers moving from grass roots to elite level.
Organisations UK Sport World class Sports Aid performance pathway National National institutes of Lottery excellence Organisations BOA NGB’s Sports Sport Coach UK England
UK Sport The primary aim is the development of Britains elite athletes together with a countrywide policy for the prevention and testing of doping and it is responsible for attracting and running major sporting events. It is funded jointly by the government and lottery cash worth £30million a yr. the money is used to either support elite athletes directly or fund the back up facilities they need such as medical care.
UK Sport A useful way of looking at the requirements of developing world class athlete is the UK Sport’s Anatomy of an Athlete. Outlined Below.1. Talent ID – identifying talent.2. Performance Lifestyle – deals with life as an athlete3. Coaching - preparation4. Research and Innovation - £1.5million per year5. Sports Science and Medicine – injury prevention6. Programme – world class performance programme
World Class Performance Pathway Operates on 3 levels1. World Class Talent – this programme is designed to support the identification and confirmation of athletes who have the potential to progress through the World Class pathway with the help of targeted investment.2. World Class Development – this programme is designed to support the stage of the pathway immediately beneath the podium.3. World Class Podium – This programme will support sports with realistic medal capabilities at the next Olympic games.
National Institutes of Excellence The aim of the UK sports institute is to provide elite British sports people with the practical and professional support needed to compete on the world stage, each home country has its own institute.
The English Institute of Sport (EIS) The EIS is a nationwide network of world class support services, designed to foster the talents of elite athletes in the UK. The range of services supplied by the EIS includes:1. The primary services of Sports Science and Sports Medicine2. Support including physiology, biomechanics, medical consultation, medical screening, nutrition advice, performance analysis, psychology etc.3. The performance lifestyle programme which provides supplementary career and education advice. The quality of the delivery is assured by the close relationship the EIS is developing with NGB’s, performance directors, coaches and the athletes themselves. Funded by Sport England lottery fund.
The Welsh Institute of Sport andthe Scottish Institute of Sport. Both the Welsh and Scottish institute of sport, have the same role as the EIS, but for their respective nations athletes.
National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) NGB’s are responsible for overseeing their own sport in the country. Some are big such as the FA but others small such as the British Horseball Association. However, they all do have the same aims:1. Establish rules and regs. in accordance with the international sport federation.2. Organise competitions3. Develop coaching awards and leadership schemes4. Select teams for country or UK at international events5. Liaise with relevant organisations such as Sport England, local clubs and the BOA.
Sport England Sport England is the government agency responsible for developing a world class community sports system. It is involved in the world class programme, academies and institutes with sport college status. They are focused on helping people and communities across the country, by creating a sporting habitat for life. Its main objectives are to Create Opportunities, Nurture and develop talent, provide right facilities in right places, and to support local authorities. Sport England is working closely with the national governing bodies of sport to deliver the new strategy and will also build strong partnerships with local authorities.
Sport Wales/Scotland andNorthern Ireland They are all very similar to Sport England, in the way that they create opportunities, help to nurture talent, and provide facilities.
Sportscoach UK Provides a range of educational and advisory services for all coaches, and works alongside the awards schemes of the NGB’s. Sportscoach UK aims to lead and develop the national standards of coaching, work with organisations such as local authorities, NGB’s, The BOA and higher education to improve the standards and professional development of coaches, and finally provide high quality education programmes, products and services. It achieves its aims through Coachwise, UK Coaching Framework and the UK Coaching Certificate.
British Olympic Association (BOA) The British Olympic Association’s (BOA) mission is to transform British lives through the power of the Olympic values and the success of Team GB. The BOA’s principal role is to prepare and lead our nation’s finest athletes at the summer, winter and youth Olympic Games. Working with the National Governing Bodies, the BOA selects Team GB from the best sportsmen and women who will go on to compete in the 26 summer and 7 winter Olympic sports at the greatest sporting competition in the world. The BOA is independent and privately funded. We receive no funding from the lottery or government and have no political interests. The success of our mission is entirely dependent upon the income we receive from our fundraising and events. The BOA is the strong, independent voice for British Olympic Sport and is responsible for promoting the Olympic Movement throughout the UK.
BOA Cont. The BOA runs various programmes and facilities to meet the needs of Team GB athletes throughout the four yr. Olympic cycle.1. Olympic medical institute – means Team GB have access to the best medical advice whenever needed2. Olympic training centre – provides world class training facilities3. Olympic and Paralympic employment network – assists athletes to find careers after they retire4. Performance lifestyle – assists athletes when mixing social life and their sport5. Olympic passport scheme – gives athletes reduced cost entrance into sports clubs6. Athlete medical scheme – provides medical cover to all team GB athletes7. BritishOlympians.com – finds commercial appearances to raise awareness for Team GB athletes.8. Coral Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus – the BOA’s winter training centre, or warm weather acclimatisation.
National Lottery The National Lottery simply provides most of the funding for elite and grass roots sports in the UK. It gives money to all of the NGB’s who request it. The NGB’s then decide where it goes. This money goes on developing elite performers, helping to stage major sporting events. E.g. the National Lottery put £ 1.5 Billion into the London 2012 Olympics.
Sports Aid Established to enable top amateur athletes to train with similar privileges enjoyed by state sponsored athletes abroad. Simply it gives grants to athletes that show potential but can’t pay for training to make they elite.